A Rustic, Coastal Wedding at Marianmade Farm in Wiscasset, Maine

Having spent their first vacation together in Maine, Emily Chessin (31 and a sustainability consultant) and Kyle Muther (30 and a consultant) knew it would be the perfect place to celebrate their nuptials with their families and friends. “It was everything we loved,” Emily says. “It had beautiful rocky coastlines, delicious fresh seafood, great little towns with interesting shops and art galleries and friendly people.” A working lavender farm, Marianmade Farm in Wiscasset, Maine, offered a stunning, natural backdrop for the affair and let the couple put their personal mark on every aspect of the day, from the menu to the flowers, the entertainment and more. Inspired by the coastal and rustic beauty of Maine, the couple chose an organic, natural aesthetic for the decor. Beach rocks, herbs, sea glass and oysters were incorporated throughout, infusing the Provencal lavender drying house with undeniable coastal flair. “In selecting our palette and theme, we were inspired by a restaurant in Portland that we love called Eventide Oyster,” Emily says. “We used the bright of the Eventide walls contrasted with the gray and tan colors in its marble bar.” Michelle Peele of Marianmade Farm created all the floral arrangements, using lavender grown on the farm itself, as well as peonies, anemones, delphiniums, succulents, lamb’s ear, dusty miller and silver brunia. “We sent her some ideas, but left a lot of room for Michelle to use her creativity and go with what was in season and what she thought would be beautiful,” Emily says. Hurricane lanterns were also incorporated into the arrangements to help bring a warm, inviting ambiance to the quaint, rustic space. In the spirit of their theme, the couple had Trillium Catering create a menu highlighting local flavors and ingredients, and dinner was served family style. Boston, Massachusetts-based band the Sweetbeats brought down the house with their upbeat mix of Motown, classic rock and pop. “Once they started playing, we barely left the dance floor until the reception came to a close,” Emily says. A tip from Emily and Kyle: “The guest list is very difficult. We had a hard time with this, as I think many couples do. Try to make your guest list before touring and selecting venues, so you have a realistic idea of how many people you will invite and expect to attend.”